Photographer: Ron Cadiz
You sometimes must experience what you are not in order to become what you are.
This was a while ago for me, but I remember it well. I struggled immensely with emotional eating. I was living alone, my family was 1500 miles away, and I was in a long distance relationship. That, and the fact that I allowed my diet to exclude me from most social situations left me pretty solitary for many, many months. Sometimes it would just be too much, and I would start to stuff the emotions with junk food. This would make me tired, and so I would cease going to the gym as well. Double negative.
The pictures below were from September 06. I had a bad spell, which lasted about 3 weeks. My body couldn’t handle the barrage at all. I slipped into a mild depression.
Everyone has a breaking point though. I gained about 15 lbs, and that was enough for me.
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Want to segue to a plant-based diet but concerned about getting adequate protein? Worry no more: properly balanced plant protein can offer several advantages over more traditional animal-based options.
It was once thought that only animal protein was complete and therefore a superior source to plant-based options. Complete protein is comprised of all ten essential amino acids. By definition, essential amino acids cannot be made by the body; they must be obtained through dietary sources. And, in fact, there are actually several complete plant protein sources. However, to obtain all amino acids in high quantities, it’s advantageous to consume several complementary sources of protein on a regular basis. For example, hemp, yellow pea and brown rice protein make up a superior amino acid profile that rivals any created in the animal kingdom.
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It seems everywhere a vegetarian, vegan, or raw foodist goes today they’re hit with the big question “Where do you get your protein”. This question usually, at some point, jams the opposing into a corner where they are hit with the cynical golden gloves of life, eventually tapping out and leaving behind only a red muddled stain which is then pointed out by the burly meat eater hell bent on proving a point they never really understand themselves. So what does this mean? It means it’s time to stand up, let go of the ropes and get trained.
I want to first start with an article below which provides a “scientific look” at what’s necessary in respect to human protein intake as expressed by the World Health Organization. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
This weekend I’ve been attending the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) Expo West in Vancouver. It’s the largest health food trade show in Western Canada. I’ve been at the Vega booth, talking with Canadian health food store owners and visiting with friends.
As promised, here are some factors I take into account when selection protein sources. I used these principals when formulation Vega, but off course anyone can apply them.
By synergistically combining protein sources, I found that my ability to recover dramatically improved. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos